My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I can’t say enough good about this book. It caps off a landmark series in a most satisfactory way. Mr. Sanderson does an incredible job of building the tension and raising the stakes right up to the final confrontation, which considering that this is a story about an end-of-everything scenario is pretty high stakes already. Compared to the other 13 books in the Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light moves along at a breakneck pace. Right from the word go, we see several of the story threads getting tied up and everyone begins moving in the same direction. That direction, of course, being toward the Last Battle. It is perhaps fitting, then, that after things get settled in the first dozen or so chapters the vast majority of scenes in this book are battle scenes. If you are a fan of medieval-ish battle tactics, this is the book for you. Mr. Sanderson gives us the gritty feel off such up close and personal warfare while also providing some wonderfully poignant dramatic moments, a philosophical exploration of the nature and role of evil, some well placed reveals and surprises and even a number of humorous bits of tete-a-tete between the principles. All in all this was a fitting conclusion to an epic tale.